December 2016 - Renovation/Expansion update

Our journey is moving forward, with the light shining toward beginning our library renovation/expansion project.

The library building committee recently met with Austin Smith, Julia Tate of Scott Simons Architects and Karen James of Great Falls Construction to work out the expansion details and to develop a time table for the construction.

Phase one - renovation of the current building - an ADA accessible bathroom and elevator are to be put in the east front corner (upper level) and renovation of "furnace" and young adult rooms of the existing library. Plans are to begin work on Phase one in February 2017.

Phase two - the expansion - is scheduled to start late March or early April. With monies raised both upper and lower levels of the expansion will be completed, at a smaller footprint. Windows will be a similar style to the current building and the finish will be brick (if funding permits). Our renovation/expansion project should be completed summer 2017, if there are no setbacks.

A 20 panel solar array has been contracted to be installed in early spring 2017 off-site. The electricity generated will be sent to the grid and credited to the library.

When visiting the library, don't forget to check the schedule board to know what is happening on a weekly basis.

2017 - an exciting year for the library!

Check out upcoming library fundraising events  - proceeds to benefit the library expansion.


September 2016  - Expansion update

It's been a long journey so far, but things are starting to come together.

All the lights in the library have been upgraded to LED's. Cellular window shades and heat pumps were installed, reducing the heating and cooling needs. LEDs and heat pumps will be installed in the addition too. The library stopped burning oil for heat. The furnace and oil tank will be removed this month!

The original expansion design involved a large curved glass wall in the front. This design is too costly now and wouldn't work in Cornish Historic District. The library addition will be to the east of the existing library, with a full upper and lower levels. Final design is not yet complete, but the addition will have a brick front similar to the existing library with windows and a new wheel-chair accessible front door. The existing ramp will be removed and the original window restored where the ramp door is now. With monies raised the upper level will be completed and lower lever finished when more money is raised.

Planning for solar panels is still under development. Solar panels on the roof would be difficult i the historic district and because of the roof mounting angel, and winter shading from the church, the library is leaning toward an off-site solar farm. Watch for updates.

Demolition and construction is scheduled for late winter. The first work will be to put in an ADA accessible bathroom and elevator in the east front corner (upper level) of the existing library. Then in the spring 2017 after the ground has thawed, excavation and construction for the addition will start.

The library is working hard with Great Falls Construction, our construction manager to cause the least disruption to library operations and internet access. A schedule board will be inside the library to let everyone know what is happening on a weekly basis.

Exciting times!


Earlier news from June 2015 on noted below.


Grants to Green Assessment Award:    The Bonney Memorial Library has received a grant from Grants to Green Maine, a partnership between the Maine Development Foundations' Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation, to fund an energy audit. This audit will provide the basis to submit a proposal to Grants to Green to fund energy issues with the current library building as well as the addition. The proposal will possibly include:  a new furnace; heat pump/air conditioner; new efficient lighting; a solar photovoltaic array on the library roof to provide the library with electricity to operate the heat pump/air conditioner as well as the lighting. We would like to have a window panel for the furnace room that will include posters explaining the heat pump and solar operation, and to have a monitor showing the real time readings from the solar panels. These displays would be used as learning tools and the backdrop for lectures and conferences.


Latest News: June 2015 Bonney Memorial Library Receives Grant to Lower Energy Costs 

The Bonney Memorial Library recently received a $23,992.00 grant from Grants to Green Maine, a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation to provide energy improvements that will help reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency. 

This grant will enable Bonney Memorial Library to implement lighting upgrades, window upgrades and to install a solar electric system and heat pumps, said Jack Bash, Cornish Library Association Treasurer.The implementation of these upgrades will contribute to energy efficiency and overall sustainability of the environment. 

The Cornish Library Association existing building was built in 1929 with a generous donation from Dr. Sherman Bonney and his wife as a tribute to his parents who had been members of the Cornish Library Association.These improvements will allow the library to continue to be a focal point of community life, creativity and learning.  For more information, call 207-625-8083. 

Grants to Green Maine provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits located in historic buildings in downtowns in Maine.  Grants to Green Maine is a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation and is funded by Kendeda Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. 


                                                                      Updated News: July 2015

Two upgrades to our library through the Grants to Green Maine grant have been completed.

First, cellular shades were installed. These shades offer light filtration with small honeycomb-shaped pockets designed to keep air from either entering or escaping and their thick cellular fabrics provide an insulating layer to help keep our rooms at an ideal temperature.

Second, all lighting in the library has been upgraded to LED energy efficient lights.

Stop by to see our new shades and lights. They look great and make quite a difference. More energy efficient projects to come.



                                                                     Updated News: October 2015, latest update December 2015

The garage located next to the library (part of the area for our expansion) is coming down.  Check out the pictures below.

First board removed                                   Taking the garage down started in earnest October 15, 2015. 



           Roof shingles removed.                           Roof off.  Almost gone, sides are next!



   Garage is Down! as of 9:30 am on December 22nd    Area for our future expansion.


Lumber (3 loads) removed on December 28th.



                                                                   Updated News: December 2015

Heat Pumps!  Another energy efficient project through the Grants to Green Maine grant in the works. Check out the pictures below.

Heat pumps on the back of the library.                                        Closeup of heat pump.



           Inner Unit being installed upstairs                                           Installation completed in Adult Room



      Inner Unit being installed downstairs                               Installation completed in Children's Room



                                                                          Updated News: April 2016





Installation of Bonney Memorial Library Expansion Construction Site Sign, on April 9th by Jack Bash, Capital Campaign chairman and Scott Rowley, Capital Campaign Committee member and President of Cornish Association of Businesses (CAB).

Exciting Times for our Library!!!


 Maine Humanities Council Infrastructure Grant:

The Cornish Library Association is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $8000 by the Maine Humanities Council. This grant is for capital improvements, in particular to help create a new meeting, program room with full handicapped accessibility, and a door to close thus allowing use during regular library hours as well as off hours. The Maine Humanities Council grant pushes the library one step closer to completing the library's expansion.



Bonney Memorial Library Expansion Project   "Join Our Plans to Expand"

Our Library's Beginning:

Brief History of the Bonney Memorial Library (view PDF Presentation below)

PDF Presentation


After 84 years of service to the townspeople of Cornish and nearby communities, a new era for the Bonney Memorial Library is beginning. We are planning to expand. Scott Simons Architects of Portland were engaged to design a two-level addition, doubling our space, and their excellent plans are now complete.

The designs provide for more convenient and efficient rooms, handicap accessibility, and expanded parking. They create more comfortable places for reading, for meetings, and for work at computers. We will have up-to-date materials, technology improvements, and new, motivating programs for people of all ages—children, young adults, adults, and families.

Detailed sketches and drawings of the architects' plans are pictured below.

These are exciting times for our library. We invite you to participate in this adventure.

FMI  Fundraising Events and  Library Expansion Capital Campaign.